ACA – It appears that much of the bluff and bluster from opponents of Obamacare is just that. The world won’t come to an end because hundreds more American families gain access to medical care. Unfortunately, another major piece of the act remains unavailable in Kansas. Our state legislators have not taken the step of expanding Medicaid to cover low-income Kansans who remain uninsured – too poor to buy through the exchange. It is wrong to leave people out in the cold simply because they don’t earn enough.
At least one elected officeholder in Kansas is showing enough backbone to stop being a politician and do what is right for the people of Kansas: Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger. Despite intense resistance from Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, the bulk of the Kansas Legislature and Kansas’ U.S. congressional delegation, Praeger has dispatched her office’s employees throughout the state to educate people about the upcoming enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act. It is refreshing to see an elected leader dismiss party politics to do right by Kansans.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said at least five illegal immigrants had voted in Kansas elections from 2006 to 2012. The votes cast by five illegal immigrants during a six-year period are a legitimate concern, but they pale in comparison with the thousands of Kansans who aren’t allowed to vote in state or local elections because – while they meet federal requirements to vote in national elections – they aren’t in compliance with the state’s voter-registration law.